Lift-off for Lodge chicken coop after 'mini tornado'


Jonathan Grieve

A “mini-tornado” lifted a chicken coop over a fence, smashing it into a telegraph pole before it landed in a road.

Carolyn Robinson, of Broughton Road, Lodge, said there could have been tragic consequences after the short storm struck on Saturday at about 11.30am.

Mrs Robinson, 53, said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing – it was like a 

mini-tornado. It sounded like a train, it travelled from the direction of the disused railway line from Brynteg and went diagonally across Lodge into the valley. 

“It lifted the chicken coop whole over the fence and it crashed into a telegraph pole.

“The whole thing only lasted about 30 or 40 seconds but if it had landed on a car or a pedestrian, it could have killed someone.

“We had to use crowbars to take the roof off and it took five men to carry it off the road because it is so heavy.”

Husband Kieron, 56, said “about four or five trees” were brought down onto the road by the high winds, with council workers spending two hours clearing them away.

He added: “It must have gone a good seven or eight feet in the air, if someone had been walking on that road at the time, they would have been killed. Someone down the road lost quite a large tent from their garden and that still hasn’t been found yet. It’s very unusual for us in this area to get a twister.”

All of the couple’s 22 chickens were safely accounted for after the incident. But the coop, which measures six foot by eight foot, was left in pieces on the other side of the road.

A yellow weather warning had been issued for parts of North Wales over the weekend, with torrential rain hitting the region.

But there was no warning for high winds.

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